Hollandia, Food Supplies 1
"Supplies being hoisted aboard SS Russell Sage in Humboldt Bay" "SS Russell Sage left Finschhafen 6/30 - arrived Biak July 28, 44 - spent over 3 weeks anchored in Humboldt Bay" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Food Arrives. The SS Russell Sage had been stocked with rations for four days -- the expected time to travel to Biak. After anchoring, HIll reported that 'our officers [went] ashore to see what the small detachment at Hollandia could spare in the line of food. Captured Japanese rice and sardines...was all that could be spared.... 'For two days,' Hill notes, 'we had sardines for breakfast, sardines and rice for lunch, and rice and sardines for supper.' Eventually, supplies were flown into Hollandia airstrip, then transferred to the Russell Sage by an infantry landing craft. Here, Hill records the food being hoisted aboard in a cargo sling under the watchful eyes of hungry men." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Hollandia, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill